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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

A movie directed by Thor Freudenthal

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid

  • Mar 16, 2011
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I wanted to watch this movie because I read the first two books and thought they were pretty good. The movie was also okay, but the critics consensus was right. The movie failed to place a likeable protagonist at the centre of its middle-school based humour, thus drowning out the essential message. In fact, none of the characters are particularly likeable in this film except Angie and Rodrick, and that's just because Rodrick and Angie both remind me something of myself. Greg, the main character is an asshole and I am incapable of feeling sorry for him or enjoying him as a character.

Greg is however the main character and the film is about him and his obsession about being popular and delusions that he himself is also cool and will be an instant hit amongst everybody. His brother Rodrick tells him to lie low but thinks its hopeless, that he'll either be dead or homeschooled by the end of the year anyway. The movie is essentially about Greg's up-and-down year in middle school with his best friend Rowley, who Greg isn't particularly nice to but Rowley keeps being friends with because he's a stupid f*ck. For that matter, Greg is too. There's also Greg's parents and brothers, who don't seem to like him all that much and seem to treat his younger brother Manny like a king and his older brother Rodrick like a...well... a teenager (that is until Mrs. Heffley discovers one of Rodrick's hustler magazines and he gets grounded). I liked the books, but that was because Jeff Kinney is a good writer. However, his books don't make an easy transition to the big screen and I was left just feeling kind of empty because in actuality, Greg's middle school life is not that interesting, and he is an asshole who deserved everything he got.

In fact, Rodrick was my favourite character in the books and Devon Bostick was the only really good performance in the movie. But I'll get to that later. There's also this sort of omniscient character named Angie played by Chloe Moretz that I also like because she and Rodrick are essentially a combination of some of my less desirable personality traits. That plus Gideon from Scott Pilgrim. Devon Bostick and Chloe Moretz give the only good performances in a sea of forgettable ones. That being said, Zachary Gordon is not a very good actor and the parents were just okay. Not godawful but not good either.

In fact, that's just the movie. Not godawful, but forgettable. I don't really have much else to say about it seeing as it will fade from my memory soon enough. I suppose this movie isn't awful, and there were some things I enjoyed about it, just not enough to make a good movie. The lack of a likeable protagonist and a mediocre script just made for this mediocre movie. All in all, its good for the kids, but not really for anyone else. Don't worry, it won't be remembered soon enough and maybe the sequel will be a bit better because of more Rodrick.

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review by . September 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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I'm a substitute teacher, and if you asked me last year what was the most popular book students were reading, I'd say without hesitation 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid'.*  The cover sports simple designs of mostly miserable kids undergoing not 'The Wonder Years,' as many have attributed this movie experience, but those middle school children going through the horrible transitional anomolies of growing up between childhood and adolescence.      I was …
review by . April 21, 2010
   For pure entertainment and a basic feel good message about popularity and real friendship, Diary of a Wimpy Kid delivers.       Most kids are going to eat up the bathroom and booger humor (sorry about the pun). Most will love the problems Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) gets himself into. There were some pretty hysterical and absurd moments that made me laugh out loud. Lots and lots of physical humor and lots and lots of bad ideas. Greg eventually learns some important …
review by . April 20, 2010
For pure entertainment and a basic feel good message about popularity and real friendship, Diary of a Wimpy Kid delivers.    Most kids are going to eat up the bathroom and booger humor (sorry about the pun). Most will love the problems Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) gets himself into. There were some pretty hysterical and absurd moments that made me laugh out loud. Lots and lots of physical humor and lots and lots of bad ideas. Greg eventually learns some important lessons like …
review by . April 10, 2010
I took my 9-year-old to see this movie last month. He's a huge Wimpy Kid fan (name a 9-year-old who isn't, eh?) and was excited to go see it. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had read the books with him so I knew the story was cute, but changing it into a movie seemed a bit... odd.     The story itself is about a kid, Greg, who starts middle school and his mom gives him a diary (journal) to write about his experiences in. To say that Greg isn't the most popular kid in school is …
review by . March 19, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
As I watched "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," I kept thinking back to my own middle school days and eventually realized that none of them were being depicted accurately. This goes beyond a mere sequence of events; the attitudes, emotions, and behaviors expressed by these kids -- and the adults, for that matter -- are not based in reality, at least not the reality I've been a part of. Maybe I was lucky. Or maybe the filmmakers didn't have a clue. Whatever the case, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" exists on a channel …
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The first volume in Jeff Kinney's wildly popular Web and book series hits the screen in this live-action adaptation. The impish Zachary Gordon, who recallsWonder Years-era Fred Savage, plays Greg Heffley, who enters middle school determined to become class favorite. It won't be easy. His best friend, Rowley (the sweetly funny Robert Capron), is a big, redheaded lug who embarrasses him at every turn. Greg's obnoxious teenage brother, Rodrick (Devon Bostick), advises him to keep his head down, but Greg believes he needs to excel at something to achieve his goal. Smart, but small for his age, he tries wrestling and safety patrolling, but nothing seems to fit. During gym class, he and Rowley meet wise-beyond-her-years newspaper reporter Angie (Chloë Moretz,(500) Days of Summer), who finds popularity overrated. Greg isn't convinced, but the harder he tries, the more boorish he becomes, until even Rowley abandons him. After a humiliating encounter with some high school bullies, though, Greg learns what really matters: self-respect (he also discovers that the dreaded "cheese touch" is just a myth). Berlin-born director Thor Freudenthal (Hotel for Dogs) avoids any dull or sentimental patches, which should please kids and adults alike (an upbeat modern-rock soundtrack doesn't hurt). Rachael Harris and Steve Zahn could use more face time as the terminally un-cool Heffley parents, but Harris's rhythm-impaired moves at the mother-son dance provide ...
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Cast: Steve Zahn
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Genre: Family
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: August 3, 2010
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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